Member Since: Jul 17, 2009
Mac Specs: 27" i7 iMac with 16GB RAM and 1TB HDD, iPhone 3G & 4, iPod Nano 16GB, iPod Shuffle, iPad 2 16GB WiFi
05-05-2012, 08:52 AM
The PowerMac G4's were released around 1999 and are now 12+ years old. I was running on a Intel 486 around 1Ghz at that time and rocking Windows 98 with my 128MB of RAM..
I could hardly expect that machine to run Windows 7 today with all the bells and whistle, why is there any reason for a Mac from the same era/generation to run the newest/latest OS or software.
Considering purchasing ANYTHING beyond about 3 years or so needs to be thoroughly scrutinized to ensure that you are not making a mistake by buying a machine that will be guaranteed to be stuck in time as far as OS upgrades and software goes..
As Razormac suggested, purchasing an Intel-baed Mac is paramount and then it is also necessary to try to purchase as new a variant as possible. A lot of the original Intel-based Mac's came with Core Duo processors and Lion requires Core2Duo or more and that is JUST within the past 5 years or so..
So trying to get a i3 (minimal) based system will ensure that you can run the newest OS/software today and for a while to come..
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